Alderson, Aedan

  • B. A. Honours, Sociology
  • MES, Planning


Examining ongoing legacies of British imperialism and colonialism through comparative history

Year Entered: 2016

Dissertation Title

[Working Title] A post-colonial era? Bridging Mi'kmaq and Irish experiences of colonialism

Comprehensive Areas

  • Comparative theories and case studies of imperialism
  • Post-colonial studies and Indigenous studies


  • 2017-Present Member, Oral History Network of Ireland
  • 2016-Present Member, Accessibility, Community, Equity
  • 2017-Present Member, Canadian Oral History Association
  • 2016-Present. Member, Aboriginal Students Association at York

Advisory Comittee

  • Dr. Liette Gilbert (FES); Dr. Anna Zalik (FES); Dr. Cyndy Baskin (Ryerson Social Work)


Alderson, A. (Forthcoming). Reframing Research In Indigenous
 Countries: A Methodological Framework For Research With/Within
 Indigenous Nations. In Qualitative Research in Organizations and
Management: Special Issue on Indigenous Knowledge, Priorities, and
Processes in Qualitative Research.

Alderson, A. (Forthcoming). Decolonizing the Irish: International Resistances and Entrenchments of the Irish Diaspora. In Studis Irlandesi: A Journal of Irish Studies. Special Isssue Whose Homelands? Facts, fictions, and questions of the Irish diaspora.

Alderson, A. Deconstructing Multiracial Experience through Intersectional Analysis: Jinthana Haritaworn's Biopolitics of Mixing (Book Review). In, Undercurrents Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, Volume 18, 55-56. York University.

Teaching Experience

2019. Teaching Assistant, EDST 4010 Educating for Activism. Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Program, York University/Dadaab UNHCR Camp/Kenyata University.

2013-2014; 2016-2018. Tutorial Leader. Introduction to International Development Studies Department of Social Sciences, York University. Toronto, Ontario.


Poster Presentations

May  3-4, 2018   [Poster Presentation] “After the land acknowledgement statement: re-centering Indigenous  countries as our site of learning in university education on Turtle Island”. The Association for Nova Scotian University Teachers Indigenizing The Academy Conference. Membertou First Nation, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 

University Service

2018-19                       Co-chair, PhD Environmental Studies Student Association

2018-19                        FES Council Rep, York University Graduate Student Association

2017-18                       Equity Rep, PhESSA 

2017-18                       Co-chair, Accessibility, Community, Equity at York University.

2012-13                       Editorial Academic Review Board Member, Undercurrents Journal of Critical Environmental Studies


2018-2019 Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Award
2018-2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)  
2018 Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence Nominee
2018 Dr. Allen T. Lambert Scholars Award
2016-2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)  


Other Activities

2014-2015. Principal Investigator. Beyond the politics of recognition: Settler colonial land use and urban Aboriginal self-determination in Toronto. York University, Toronto, Ontario

May-August, 2013. Planning Consultation Lead. Independent Annual Service Review. Northwood Neighbourhood Services. North York, Ontario.

November, 2012. Co-Investigator. Graduate Review of Pearson Union Express Project. York University. Toronto, Ontario.

October, 2012. Co-Investigator. Graduate Review of Ontario Municipal Board Effectiveness. York University. Toronto, Ontario.

September, 2012. Co-Investigator. Malvern Priority Neighbourhoods Profile Update. York University. Toronto, Ontario.

2011-2012. Principal Investigator. Occupy Toronto, the Occupation of St. James Park: a Sociological Case Study. York University. Toronto, Ontario.

January-April, 2012. Co-Investigator. Review of the effectiveness of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. York University. Toronto, Ontario